Lymphosarcoma, sometimes called lymphoma, is a malignant tumor (or tumors) derived from lymphoid tissue (lymph nodes, tonsils, thymus, spleen, etc.). It is an illness that affects humans as well as cats, dogs, and other mammals. Lymphosarcomas are probably the most common tumors of cats.
Although often caused by the leukemia virus, the cases we have experienced have occurred in FeLV negative Oriental Shorthairs, which have been strictly indoors in FeLV negative catteries. Since these cats are related we suspect a genetically inherited cause instead of viral.
Some of the lymphoma cats were diagnosed too late for treatment to be effective so we feel it's important to share our discussions about the symptoms to alert other cat owners and breeders. We have found that by talking about it openly, sharing experiences and pedigrees, we have been able to let go of the pain and continue as cat fanciers. After our first cat died, I phoned all over the country. I was amazed at how many people would not talk about it. People would tell me about their experiences, but promised to deny the conversation in the future. Some, unfortunately, were all too willing to blame other cats many generations past. I also went through a long period of denial during this time, which is very common when faced with a disease like this. Even after we lost three cats, I still couldn't accept that our cases could be genetic. I kept searching for other possibilities. Was it environmental? Water, radon, power lines, or just random bad luck? Were humans affected? It just couldn't be genetic!
- By Lynn Miller - Appeared in the "Cat Fanciers' Journal Summer 1998 Issue ... click for complete article
Our Mission is to help people who's cats have feline lymphoma [cancer], with support, information, tried treatments that may or may not be standards used by today's vets. We want to give the whole picture as far as traditional treatment options and the holistic approach to cancer. Alot of this information is provided by people who have been, or are still going through cancer treatment with their felines.